Welcome to History Flight
Fly In Professionally Restored World War II Aircraft & Help Fund the Search for America's 78,000 MIAs from WWII.

Relive history by taking to the skies with History Flight, Inc.-- a 501c3 Non-Profit foundation committed to keeping World War II aviation history alive by operating three of the most important aircraft of WWII and offering clients the chance to actually fly aboard a B-25 bomber or actually fly the AT-6 or N2S Stearman under the guidance of our certified flight instructors. No piloting experience required!

History Flight, Inc. operates our flagship North American B-25H Mitchell medium bomber alongside our North American AT-6 Texan advanced trainers and our Boeing N2S Stearman biplane primary trainer. All take part in an annual regional barnstorming tour to bring warbird rides to local communities across the United States.

All proceeds from our flights go directly to fund our ongoing research and recovery expeditions dedicated to bringing our Missing in Action servicemen home from their burial sites in remote battlefields of WWII. To date, History Flight, Inc. has helped locate graves of over 200 MIAs from locations in the Pacific Theater.

We invite you to explore our site and learn more about our activities and how you can join us to preserve the past!

 

2014 off to a great start!

On Memorial Day, History Flight is pleased to announce the repatriation of at least 40 USMC individuals recovered by the History Flight team (a team comprising both American and I Kiribati members) in excavation work conducted between January and May 2014. History Flight congratulates and thanks our hardworking team members and supporters, our friends at the Department of Defense from the Second Marine Division, Tarawa Veterans from the Second Marine Division Association, The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, DPMO, and MarForPac. Way to go, everyone!

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2014 Barnstorming Tour Dates...

We're still working on our 2014 Barnstorming Tour schedule.

All year long, though, we'll be continuing to provide rides in the AT-6 Texan and N2S Stearman at the DeLand, Florida Municipal Airport. Check the schedule for information and to book flights.

  See complete schedule here...

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Also see an excellent article in the Oct-Nov-Dec 2010 issue of "Follow Me," the publication of the Second Marine Division (it's a 15MB pdf file, so give it some time to download). And here's a follow-up article in the Oct-Nov-Dec 2011 issue of "Follow Me," with more information about History Flight's continued searche for the lost MIA graves on Tarawa.
 

Here are a few photos from our recently completed trip to Tarawa with six survivors of that horriffic battle:


Team photo with vets at a Tarawa excavation site. May 2014


The six Tarawa veterans who came with us to New Zealand and Tarawa.
Behind them, the Second Marine Division Honor Guard, the JPAC team
and the MarForPac C-130 crew, ready to fly the remains we recovered
back to The USA. 11 May 2014.


The honor guard, C130 crew, and History Flight team leader SGT Glenn Prentice (left)
at the repatriation ceremony on 11 May 2014.


The JPAC honor guard bringing the transfer case to the C-130 on 11 May 2014.

2013 History Flight
MIA Search Summary

Although 2014 is shaping up to be better than 2013, 2013 was the best year ever for History Flight's MIA Search and Recovery program. The 1.35 million dollars that we raised and spent on MIA search and recovery operations in Europe and the Pacific paid some handsome dividends.

Working with our friends at the 99th Division MIA Project and the Missing Aircrew research and Recovery team, History Flight teams found and surveyed with remote sensing methodologies, 35 US MIA loss sites in The Netherlands, Germany, France and Belgium. Many of these sites are slated for excavation in 2014 and will result in more US MIA recoveries.


One of the 2013 Tarawa teams.

Working with our friends and contract partners at Del Cuerto and Associates, Archaeo-Geophysical Associates, Arborland Land Consultants, The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, Pan-American Archaeological Consultants, Lindenwood University and an incredible group of volunteers and paid consultants, History Flight opened an office in early 2013 on Betio Island on the Tarawa Atoll to support our nine-year project to recover the missing Marines from the battle of Tarawa.


History Flight's Tarawa office.

History Flight operated full-time excavation activity on Tarawa for the entire year of 2013. The field work was highly rewarding. The team recovered at least 61 American individuals, and many Japanese individuals were also recovered. These remains were turned over to our friends at JPAC on several occasions in 2013.


This is the fourth C-130 that the DOD has sent
to Tarawa to repatriate American Remains found by History Flight.

Two JPAC teams also performed recovery operations on sites that History Flight discovered on Tarawa in 2013, resulting in quality recovery of American Remains.

Visit "History Flight" on Facebook and look over our 2013 MIA Search Highlights photo album!

A number of our 2013 MIA recoveries have identifications pending and will be announced this year. These identifications were accomplished by JPAC in a very timely fashion. Two American MIAs from our finds in 2012 were also identified by JPAC in an impressively short time, and they were interred at the wish of their next of kin in 2013.


1st Lt Robert Fenstermacher
was interred at Arlington National Cemetery


Pfc Manley F Winkley
was interred at the Indiana Veterans Cemetery
More images here .

Wil Hylton of the New York Times wrote an excellent article on the complexity of our recovery project on Tarawa.

CBS News also did a story on our recovery efforts. History Flight feels that while their coverage on our organization was very positive, their casting of our relationship with JPAC in a competitive light was not accurate or fair. Please refer to our public comment on this subject below the news story:

2014 is already off to an outstanding start: we have recovered at least 25 American individuals, and this number is rising every day of our full-time field work. We intend to operate full-time recovery work for all of 2014.


It costs us about $8,000 a day to run full-time recovery work.

When FDR founded the March of Dimes project that successfully eradicated Polio, he asked everyone in America to send the campaign a dime. While every public building in America has a POW/MIA flag flying over it, the government doesn't support the History Flight project, and only a very select group of private citizens do. For the cost of a six-pack of beer or a bag of potato chips. you could help make the difference for the families of missing service members who have never had proper resources devoted to their case to fund their recovery.


Click here to donate a dollar—it'll make you feel good!

2012 History Flight
MIA Search Summary

2012 was a great year for our privately funded all-volunteer MIA search efforts. History Flight ran seven different search teams in the Pacific and in Europe and funded thousands of hours of research. Excavations at three of our sites were brought to completion

Working with our partners in the 99th Division MIA project, The Missing Aircrew Research and Recovery team, The Air War Study Group Rhine/Mosel, and our friends at The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, remains of MIA crewmembers of a B-26 bomber and a P-47 fighter were recovered in Europe. Here are the reports:

The remains of a number of missing US Marines were recovered from sites that History Flight search teams located on Tarawa Atoll, by a crack team of experts from the DOD's Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command. Our six-year effort to find missing Marines on Tarawa has cost over $650,000, 12,000-plus volunteer man hours, and personal hardship for dedicated team members, but it has continually shown positive results. The photo below was taken at a fall 2012 repatriation ceremony on Tarawa, during which a transfer case containing recovered remains was respectfully loaded aboard a waiting C-130 for the trip back to U.S. soil. It wasn't such a great distance across the tarmac - but that distance spanned 69 years of time since November 1943, when the promise was made to bring Tarawa's fallen Marines home...

The hand-lettered sign pictured below was placed at the main Tarawa cemetery in November 1943 by Capt Donald L. Jackson, USMC, as surviving Marines prepared to move westward with the fleet and continue the fight to secure the Pacific theater. Read the words carefully, and you'll better understand why we continue to pursue not only the lost graves of Tarawa, but those of fallen heroes everywhere.

To you, who lie within this coral soil
We, who remain, pay tribute of a pledge
That dying, thou shalt surely not
Have died in vain.
---------------
That when again bright morning
dyes the sky
And waving fronds above shall
touch the rain
We give you this - that in those
times
We will remember
---------------
We lived and fought together - thou
and we,
And sought to keep the flick'ring torch
aglow
That all our loved ones might forever
know
The blessed warmth exceeding fire and
flame -
The everlasting scourge of bondsman's
chains,
Liberty and Light
---------------
When we with loving hands laid back
the earth
That was for moments short to couch
thy forms
We did not bid a last and sad farewell
But only "Rest ye well."
Then with this humble, heartfelt
epitaph
That pays thy many virtues small acclaim
We marked this spot and murm'ring
requiem, moved on to westward

Rest, warriors, rest

Against the day of journeying forth
Tender hands shall lift thee out
To home soil waiting.


Here's where you'll find an album of photos from various History Flight MIA-search missions conducted during 2012:

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We would like to congratulate everyone who participated in and contributed to this important work on a job well done. 2012 was a great year for these recoveries and 2013 is going to be even better. Way to go, everyone!
 

Thinking of giving someone a gift of flight during 2014? It's not necessary for the recipient to be a pilot to have this kind of fun, but you'll definitely enjoy this story about a recipient who richly deserved it:

 

 

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